A transitional housing program for older foster youth: How do youth fare after exiting?

A transitional housing program for older foster youth: How do youth fare after exiting?

Abstract

Purpose

This study is an outcome evaluation of Bay Area Youth Center's Real Alternatives for Adolescents (RAFA) transitional housing program in Hayward, California.

Methods

This study examined a sample of 55 youth ages 16 to 21 who lived in the RAFA transitional program between 2007 and 2015.

Results

About 96% were in residing in stable housing at follow up, there were low rates of parenting before age 22 (41% of females and 16% of males) when compared with other similar studies, and 86% were employed earning, on average, $15.69 per hour at follow-up. Also, there were lower rates of receipt of SSI, food stamps and TANF income support when compared to foster youth in other studies.

Conclusions

In vivo housing experiences in transitional housing programs can lead to successful outcomes for foster youth as they move to adulthood.

JOURNAL: Children and Youth Services Review
VOLUME: Volume 88
PAGES: Pages 361-365
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018